Smalltalk-80 “Blue Book”

December 10, 2010

Smalltalk-80 "Blue Book"

Smalltalk-80 "Blue Book"

This is an image of the “Smalltalk-80 “Blue Book” which describes the language and its implementation. I used it as a reference for the Silver Smalltalk VM.

There is also the “Smalltalk-80 “Purple Book” which describes only the language.

And “Smalltalk-80: Bits of History, Words of Advice” which tells the story of how Smalltalk-80 was released to the outside world and how it influenced the industry (eg, Apple’s Macintosh).

Finally, “Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age” tells how much of what we take for granted today came from a single research laboritory – Xerox PARC. Xerox funded the research, created the future, and then threw it all away. A truly amazing story.

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4 Responses to “Smalltalk-80 “Blue Book””

  1. Marten Feldtmann Says:

    And into the same direction: “Fumbling the Future – How Xerox invented, then ignored the first personal computer”

  2. Chip Nowacek Says:

    Would having a copy of the Blue Book around for reference make sense for an aspiring SST developer or did you use it more for modeling purposes? If not the Blue Book, could you suggest a reference?

    • Peter Fisk Says:

      I used the Blue Book as a reference because it was written by the original Smalltalk developers.

      SST is modeled directly on Squeak Smalltalk which was written by Dan Ingalls who also developed the original code for the Alto at PARC.

      I would suggest downloading getting familiar with Squeak Smalltalk.

      Also, any YouTube videos by Alan Kay or Dan Ingalls,

      “Lively Kernel” is Dan’s latest project – you may already be familiar with it.

      • Chip Nowacek Says:

        That’s good news. All my Smalltalk development experience is with Squeak/Pharo.

        Yes, I’ve played with the Lively Kernel. It is quite an accomplishment. I’m afraid it isn’t/wasn’t backed by a business plan and is consequently languishing.


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